Friday, September 25, 2009

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

There are some writers who know things and post them on the Internet so other writers can learn them. Some of them say that there are only seven plots in the whole world. [...]
Other writers say there are only three plots: happy ending, unhappy ending, and literary plot (that's the kind of ending that is uncertain). There is a whole book called Twenty Master Plots, which I happen to own. And another author wrote that he thought there were thirty-nine plots.
But really, if you ask me, there is only one kind of plot.
Stuff happens.
That's it. (9-10)

12 year old Jason Blake has autistim spectrum disorder, or ASD. His mother prefers to call it nonverbal learning disorder (NLD) or pervasice developmental disorder-non-specific (PDD-NOS). Is it any wonder, with all these letters following him around, that he joins an online writing community where he learns to express himself through words. It's through his writing that he begins to communicate with another member, known as PhoenixBird. Jason thinks of her as his first friend, and possibly girlfriend. But when he learns that they'll finally be able to meet at the annual conference, Jason begins to wonder if PhoenixBird will continue to like him after she sees how different he really is. You might learn something about writing, people with disabilities, and maybe even yourself when you read Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin.


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